Become a ski instructor with Højskolen Østersøen

Four months at a folk high school in Denmark – four months at the best skisport locations in Austria. An experience for life.

The ski instructor project is an extra layer on the folk high school course that takes place every fall at Højskolen Østersøen. As a member of the ski instructor-team you are guaranteed work in the Austrian skisport-season for four months. We get the job for you – you just have to pack the skiis.

The next group starts in the fall

The next ski instructor-team starts on the 10th of August and finishes on the 13th of December 2019. You will get four months at the sea and four months in the mountains. During the stay at the school, you will further develop your social and language skills to prepare you for the work in Austria.  You will go to Austria with your friends from the school and therefore you will already have a network before you arrive on the ski slopes.

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Why a folk high school?

During the four months you will be trained to handle the challenges that you encounter during your work in Austria. You will get used to dealing with very different people and still make the social part work. At Højskolen Østersøen you will be part of an international environment, where you will meet young people from all of Europe. You can use these experiences when the going gets tough on the ski slopes, in the peak hours of the hotel or the staff house in Austria.

If you want to become a ski instructor, waiter or work with ski equipment through Højskolen Østersøen, then we will make sure that you are equipped with the necessary language skills to teach or serve in an active and sometimes hectic environment.

In the selectable subject Pistendeutsch you will learn all the Austrian words and phrases which will become a big part of your work in Austria. We recommend this selectable subject to all the skibums.

You can also become part of a very active environment at Højskolen Østersøen. If you want to exercise to keep in shape, you can sign up for ski gymnastics. Here you will be physically prepared for the many hours on the slopes.

Travel to Austria

In the middle of the course we will take you to Austria. Here you will take part in the ski instructor course in Kaprun. Our teacher is going with you to Austria and will make sure that you make it through the education. We have a long cooperation with the ski association SBSSV in Kaprun, at the Kitsteinhorn glacier. The ski instructor course takes 10 days.

When you arrive in Austria, you will already be prepared and 95 procent of our students pass the exam and return home with the certificate.

If you don’t pass one of the exams, it is still possible to join the season in Austria. You just need to take a reexam in March.

If you want to work as a waiter or in a ski shop, you can also join the trip to Austria. Here we will visit your future work place, and go on sightseeing in the beautiful and cultural city Salzburg.

We have the contacts for jobs in Austria

We will facilitate the job as a ski instructor, waiter or employee in a gear shop. If problems will arise with your employer that you can’t solve yourself, we will help to find a solution.

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Ski instructor

You will become a part of a great team of ski instructors from all of Europe, and you will live, enjoy and party together with them. If you like to be active, motivate others and teach then this could be the job for you. When you take the first step in the skiinstructor course you will primarily learn to work with teams of children, but typically you will also be giving private lessons and teaching adults.

You will be on the ski slopes every day, where you will meet happy tourist, but there will also be time to do some skiing on your own or with all your friends from the ski school.


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Do you want to learn everything about skiis, so that you can advise tourists about what they should buy or rent? When you work in a gearshop, you will typically have a workday that starts at the shop around 7.30. Here you will work until lunch, and then you can go skiing in the middle of the day, and return late in the afternoon when all the tourists come back from the mountain. During the season you will become an expert and know everything about skiis, snowboards, boots and so on. This knowledge you can use later to sell ski equipment.

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Do you like the fresh morning snow? If you work as a waiter and have some time in the morning, you might get out on the ski slopes before everyone else. As a waiter you will either work in a hotel or restaurant in the area. There are many different hotels, some are located in the city center, others are small inns in remote locations in the mountains. There are many options for work in Austria.

Work in the best skiareas in Austria

We will help you to get the job in Austrias best skisport areas Wagrain, Grossarl and Kleinarl through our established network of ski schools and sport hotels. We work with the owners and the official job agency in Austria so we can find the right job that fits to your profile.

We have the network

During many years, we have sent students to this area, and we have a close cooperation with a number of employeers.

So the job searching proces is already started before you arrive at Højskolen Østersøen. We will come and visit you in Austria during your stay to make sure that you are satisfied with the conditions, and apart from that we will be in contact via telephone and mail with you and your employer.

We have a network of reliable partners, that consists of employers which we know very well and which share the values of the folk high school.

We are with you all the way, so if there should be problems during your stay, which you can solve yourself, we will do everything to manage a good solution for you and your employer. It is very important for us, that you feel safe during your employment.

No matter what job you will choose, you will be judged by your:

• language skills, including German and English
• possible experience with the type of job that you choose
• ability to motivate and excite people – both children and adults.
• ability to think on your own and work with others – even in stressful situations.

Application process

These are the main steps of the application proces:

Step 1 Personal data is collected

Step 2 Translation to German in special project selectable subject

Step 3 Visit to a hotel or ski school connected with the study trip

Step 4 Review and signing of the contract

Skiteacher certificate

Each year the Austrian skiteacher association will arrange a special skiinstructor course for our students. The association is responsible for the course and gives out the ski teacher certificate, when you have passed all the tests.

The course is the first step in the official Austrian skiteacher education, and is also called the Anwärter course. You will learn theoretical and practical skills, and first of all how to teach others. Please note: There is a fee of 700 euros for the ski teacher certificate.




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Selectable subjects for ski instructors

There are a lot of different selectable subjects in the long course. Here is a selection that is especially interesting for ski instructors.

Life as a skibum



Ski gymnastics